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Staffs cows out all winter - BGS, RABDF and DairyCo. Spring Farm Walk - Monday, March 30, 2009

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Effective Magnesium Supplementation at Turnout Crucial - Friday, March 27, 2009

Steadily rising pasture potash levels in spring grass year on year are likely to be depressing magnesium availability in the rumen, warns Rumenco technical manager David Thornton 

"Analysis of average potassium levels in spring grass reveals an upward trend, from 2.63%K in 2006, to 2.72% in 2007 and 2.85% in 2008. This is probably due to increased slurry applications rather than any extra usage of potash fertilisers, but the danger of magnesium 'lock up' and threat of grass staggers is very real this year," he says. 

NVZ derogation agreed – with strict conditions - Friday, March 13, 2009

Defra's request for a derogation on livestock manure application limits in EU Nitrates Directive has been agreed at the EU Nitrates Committee for the UK. 

The regulations limited the total amount of nitrogen from livestock manure that can be applied on a farm to 170kg of nitrogen/ha a year. The derogation allows farmers who meet certain conditions to apply up to a maximum of 250kg. 

LIFE and Europe's grasslands: Restoring a forgotten habitat - Monday, March 2, 2009

Grassland ecosystems hold an important part of Europe's biodiversity. They offer ideal conditions for a vast diversity of habitats and species, are the source of a wide range of public goods and services, and also act as carbon 'sinks'. Changes in agricultural practices and land use pressures mean that grasslands are disappearing at an alarming rate. This brochure highlights a selection of LIFE co-funded projects targeting grassland ecosystems within the Natura 2000 network.



BGS Research Conferences 1-8 now available on a single CD - Monday, February 23, 2009

Our Solution to bowing bookshelves... .. A CD containing all the papers presented at the Research Conferences 1-8 (1988 - 2006) is now available to buy in the BGS Bookshop.

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Jan Crichton Travel Bursary Report - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

By Mair Morgan, ADAS

Thanks to the support of the British Grassland Societies 'Jan Crichton Travel Bursary' fund I travelled to the 22nd European Grassland Federation general meeting held in Uppsala, Sweden in June 2008. The theme of the meeting was Biodiversity and Animal Feed - Future challenges for grassland production. This provided the opportunity to see what research is being carried out across Europe and further afield.

New fodder beet variety’s rhizomania resistance will protect yields, - Thursday, February 12, 2009

In areas where rhizomania is a problem for beet crops, livestock farmers can grow a fodder beet variety which is resistant to the disease and its yield-stunting effects, with the introduction of Ribondo, says Limagrain UK (formerly Advanta Seeds).


The 22nd General Meeting of EGF, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2008

By Gordon Tiley

The 22nd General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation was held at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala in association with the Swedish Grassland Society and included an address by the King of Sweden - himself a keen farmer

The meeting was attended by more than 460 participants from 41 countries, with a programme of 60 oral and 300 post papers contained in 5 main sections:

No need to be afraid of manure - Monday, January 19, 2009

Following concerns over use of manure produced by animals eating crops treated with aminopyralid for weed control on sensitive vegetable crops, Dow AgroSciences has launched a website with advice for farmers, contractors and allotment keepers at   Dow AgroSciences reminds us that there is no concern for human health and that all herbicide users must read product labels. Aminopyralid containing products include Forefront, Pharoah and Banish.

Glasnant Morgan wins the FWAG Cymru-National Grid Silver Lapwing Farm Conservation competition 2008! - Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The FWAG Cymru-National Grid Silver Lapwing Farm Conservation competition for 2008 was won by Glasnant Morgan of Pwllrhwyaid, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon. This weeks Welsh Farmer reported that the way the Morgan family run the farm enterprise at Pwllrhwyaid epitomises the ethos of the competition - a high standard of commercial farming alongside sensitive environmental management.


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